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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Al Gore's latest book:

Is called The Assault on Reason. But that seems to be a misleading title. If you read the excerpt over at Time, the problems are mostly that of the press failing to do its job.

Reason has been, and continues to be, out there - alive and kicking. It's just that the press has largely ignored it and instead run with Republican talking points. There are plenty of knowledgable people (e.g. Juan Cole) who can provide a good analysis of the situation in Iraq, or of the terrorist "threat" to the nation. But they are given limited time in the media, if any at all.

There's plenty of reason over in climate-scientist-land, but the global warming debate is in the state it is today, not because of an assault on reason per se, but because the press invites the un-reasonable to the table, and in the din of wasteful debate, the public ends up confused or misinformed.



7 comments

Ironically, Al Gore's recent return to the world stage is basically a massive insult to the brains of thoughtful people, as he continues his lifelong pattern of dishonesty, exaggeration, and self-defeating U-turns. His relationship with "reason" has always been an adversarial one.

He keeps saying he's been on Global Warming for thirty years, and it's just another Lyin' Al exaggeration. The imbecile studied climate around 30 years ago, but at that time Global COOLING was all the rage. He is a liar who eventually will once again get caught, though the MSM will exalt his virtues and ignore his lying, dishonest, silly past. This book aims at a boomlet that the MSM/Hollyweird cabal will inflate to grotesque dimensions.

Clinton/Gore allowed 9/11 to happen after the first 1993 attempt fai1ed. Historians will note this even if the dishonest left-wing MSM will not.

By Blogger dave in boca, at 5/17/2007 9:41 AM  

Why are people from Florida all so nutty?

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IMHO you can't separate the media from the those who are "assaulting reason." Those with that interest own the media, and have been spearheading the assault on the press itself by de-funding news, bringing independent news departments under the control of the master management, etc.

The media has failed, but it is designed to fail because it has been systematically undermined by the right wing entities who are pushing the agenda that Gore is opposing.

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The other day on the train home from work, I heard a couple of college aged girls talking about climate change. One of them expressed the opinion that based on the geological record, we're not in any sort of trouble, because 200 million years ago, the global temperature was higher.

That would be nice, if it didn't correspond to the massive Triassic-Jurassic extinction event.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 5/17/2007 12:04 PM  

"Clinton/Gore allowed 9/11 to happen after the first 1993 attempt fai1ed."

Wow dave, I thought that on September 11th, Bush had been president for almost 9 months... bust I guess Clinton was in charge. thanks for correcting the record.

I feel really comfortable about what you claim "Historians will note" since you've shown such a solid grasp or history yourself.

Oh, and this is proof of your ignorance (though I doubt you have the critical thinking and reading comprehension skills to decifer the meaning and importance of it):
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB147/clarke%20memo.pdf

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2007 3:48 PM  

Link cut off... here it is again the proof

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2007 3:49 PM  

I hope Al fact-checked this book better than he did his movie...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2007 8:10 PM  

FYI: I have now seen dave in boca's cut & paste RNC talking points on at least 4 different blogs.

Bad troll. No Cheetos.

By Blogger Other Lisa, at 5/18/2007 4:51 PM  

Thanks for checking Other Lisa. I suspected as much. This global cooling thing is a Republican talking point. There was no global cooling rage, it was just one book by a one obscure guy stating his idea. The concept of global warming based on the greenhouse effect is a concept that has been around since the 18th century. Based on concepts bt noted scientist like Fournier and Arrhenius. I went to college in the 70's and we discussed the greenhouse effect and its effect. By-the-way, we also discussed the "end-of-oil" also not a new concept.

By Anonymous Rockie the Dog, at 5/19/2007 8:22 AM  

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